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London Irish

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Saracens vs London Irish (28 Oct)

Established
1898 (119 years old)

Sport
Rugby

Manager
Brian Smith

Stadium/Home
Madejski Stadium
(24,161 Capacity)

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Location
Reading, Berkshire, England

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League
Rugby Union Premiership

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Upcoming Events
Saturday 28th Oct Saracens - London Irish Barnet Copthall
Sunday 19th Nov London Irish - Bath Rugby Madejski Stadium
Sunday 26th Nov London Irish - Wasps Madejski Stadium
Saturday 2nd Dec Gloucester Rugby - London Irish
Friday 22nd Dec Worcester Warriors - London Irish Sixways Stadium

Latest Results
Saturday 7th Oct London Irish 27 - 28 Leicester Tigers Madejski Stadium
Friday 29th Sep Newcastle Falcons 29 - 17 London Irish
Sunday 24th Sep London Irish 25 - 40 Northampton Saints Madejski Stadium
Friday 15th Sep Sale Sharks 36 - 7 London Irish
Saturday 9th Sep Exeter Chiefs 37 - 7 London Irish Sandy Park

Description

London Irish RFC is an English rugby union club based in Sunbury, Surrey, where the senior squad train, the youth teams and senior academy play home games, and the club maintain their administrative offices. The club competes in the top division of English rugby union, the Aviva Premiership. The club also compete in the Anglo-Welsh Cup as well as one of the two Europe-wide club competitions—the Heineken Cup or European Challenge Cup, depending on their performance in the previous season. The club will continue to play their home games at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, Berkshire until 2026.

The team plays in green and white colours, with a reversed away strip. London Irish won its first major trophy in 2002, claiming the Powergen Cup (the competition that later became the Anglo-Welsh Cup). Irish also reached the final of the 2009 Guinness Premiership, narrowly losing 10–9 to Leicester Tigers at Twickenham Stadium. In the 2007/08 season the team came close to a place in the Heineken Cup Final losing out to Stade Toulousain 15–21 in a tense semi-final encounter at Twickenham Stadium. The club's mascot is an Irish Wolfhound called Digger.

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Stadium or Home

The Madejski Stadium /məˈdeɪski/ is a football stadium located in Reading, Berkshire, England. It is the home of Reading Football Club playing in the Football League Championship and the rugby union club London Irish as tenants. It also provides the finish for the Reading Half Marathon. The stadium is named after Reading's chairman Sir John Madejski. It is an all-seater bowl stadium with a capacity of 24,161 and is located close to the M4 motorway. It is built on the site of a former household waste dump and is surrounded by methane vents. The West Stand contains the Millennium Madejski Hotel.

The stadium was opened on 22 August 1998 and replaced Elm Park as Reading F.C.'s home ground.

In 1994, the Taylor Report made all-seater stadiums compulsory in the top two divisions (the Premier League and the First Division). Reading were champions of the Second Division in 1994, and were promoted to the first division. Reading became subject to the Taylor requirements. Converting Elm Park to an all-seater stadium was not practical, so a location in Smallmead (to the south of the town) was identified as the site for a new stadium. The location of a closed landfill, the site was purchased for £1, on the condition that the team develop the A33 relief road. The last competitive match at Elm Park took place on 3 May 1998 against Norwich City, with Reading losing 0–1.

Reading began the 1998–99 season at the Madejski Stadium. It was opened on 22 August 1998 when Luton Town were beaten 3–0 with Grant Brebner having the honour of scoring the first ever goal at the stadium. Plans for the stadium had first been unveiled some three years previously, when chairman John Madejski had decided that Elm Park was unsuitable for redevelopment as an all-seater stadium and that relocation to a new site was necessary.

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